Welcome back, alumni! At Belleville Mennonite School, our relationship with alumni is important to us. We hope that you remain an active member of the BMS community, and participate in our programs and giving opportunities.
2019 Alumni Recipients
Camp Director, Gator Wilderness Camp School - www.gatorwildernesscamp.com
*currently ministering at Gator Camp
Alumni Award Recipients 2005-2019
2017: J. Lorne Peachey, '57 and Ashlee Kauffman, '08
2013: Harry Lee Renno, ‘63 and Rebecca Barr, ‘00
2012: Dr. Beryl Brubaker, ’60 and Katie Neer, ’03
2011: Julia Alleman, ’61 and Michael Yoder, ’96
2010: Marv Peachey, ’60 and Dion Peachey, ’95
2009: Irene Shrock, ’59
2008: Elam Peachey, ’58
2007: Lester Yoder, ’57
2006: Joanne Kauffman, ’56
2005: Ralph Metzler, ’55
Each year Belleville Mennonite School awards alumni with the Alumnus of the Year award, and a Young Alumnus of the Year award. The recipients are nominated by fellow alumni and are individuals who represent a life of service, peacemaking and leadership under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
BMS alumni are represented all over the world and many of them are accomplished professionals or service-oriented missionaries. As you come across BMS alumni, keep this award in mind and nominate a deserving alumnus!
Definition and History: The Belleville Mennonite School Alumnus of the Year Award was established in 2003. The Young Alumnus of the Year Award was established in 2010. The awards celebrate the achievements and service of the alumni of Belleville Mennonite School.
Alumnus of the Year Award: This award recognizes the individual whose life has reflected one of mission or service involvement and/or professional or business accomplishments.
Young Alumnus of the Year Award: This award recognizes the individual whose life has reflected one of mission or service involvement and/or professional or business accomplishments. The award winner must have graduated from BMS less than 20 years prior to the time the award is given.
Nominations: Nominations for the awards may be submitted to the Development Office (firstname.lastname@example.org, 717.935.2184) at any time. The candidates’ information is collected for discernment by a Nomination Committee which makes a recommendation to the Alumni Association Committee. The Alumni Association Committee determines the award recipients.
Nomination Committee: The Development Office and/or Alumni Association Committee will select a minimum of four members plus BMS staff to serve on the Nomination Committee. The term limit for committee members shall consist of two, two year terms; one, three year term; and one, one year term.
Award Presentation: The awards are distributed during the Faith Promise program each year.
Physical Description of Award: Plaque.
“During my 13 years at BMS I learned a lot about the value of community. The small school environment and intentional work of the faculty and staff to develop the lives, intellect and character of each student certainly helped develop my foundational values. I had good and bad times, easy years and really hard years. The community was consistent in its presence in my life. I didn't appreciate how meaningful and formative that community was for me until I was away from it for a number of years.
Community- in the sense that I am thinking of it- doesn't just happen. It isn't just a group of people who happen to regularly be in the same place. It's a commitment to being authentically present with one another, honoring and nurturing the individual qualities of each part to promote the wellbeing of the whole.
Reflecting on how my time at BMS prepared me for life after graduation, the gift of being supported, redirected, celebrated and challenged by that formative community is most meaningful to me. I carry those values into both my personal and professional life now and always enjoy coming home to the BMS community that has those same qualities it did when I was a student.”
This testimony was provided by Katie Neer, Class of 2003. Katie is a Nurse Practitioner at Bryn Mawr Hospital and resides in Harleysville, PA. Katie’s parents, Lynn and Margaret (Hartzler) Neer sent their younger daughter, Charity, ‘05,to BMS as well. Margaret graduated from BMS in 1965.
Please share your alumni story with us! We love to hear alumni success stories and also are encouraged to see how BMS has worked in the lives of those who have graduated from the school. Email, email@example.com to share your story.
-Vernane (King) Stutzman, Class of 1964
- Dr. Beryl (Hartzler) Brubaker, Class of 1960 and BMS supporter
– Jen (Varner) Nafziger, Class of 1998